Lifetime Achievement Alumni 1998 Jack Berkhout

Join us as we a look back at our Lifetime Achievement Award alumni of the past 25 years. These outstanding individuals have truly left an indelible mark on Niagara and have inspired countless other entrepreneurs to start and grow their businesses in Niagara.

Over the last 24 years, NEYA has inducted 33 entrepreneurs into our Hall of Fame by bestowing them with this prestigious recognition. Click here to see a complete list of our Lifetime Achievement Alumni and join us on March 1, 2019 as we bestow a new group of deserving entrepreneurs with this honour at our 25th Anniversary Awards Gala at the Fallsview Casino Resort.

Tickets for the 25th annual Niagara Entrepreneur of the Year Awards Gala to be held March 1, 2019 at the Fallsview Casino Resort are now on sale. Tickets are limited, so order early!


As he sailed into port (Port Colborne) in 1952, Jack Berkhout had a vision for a prosperous future and his new Canadian homeland. Working at Union Carbide, Jack met his first angel investor, a fellow worker who believed in his vision. That investment of $3000 led to a lifetime of successful entrepreneurial ventures.

Beginning with his first business, Wainfleet Plumbing LTD, Jack Berkhout created over a dozen enterprises in Niagara. His true passion and monumental achievement is in land development of the landscape of Niagara with over 20 subdivisions, industrial malls, and community projects. These developments include notable projects such as such as Birchwood, Burkwood 1, 2 and 3 and Daimler Group in purchasing 375 acres along the Welland Canal for the development of an active adult lifestyle community with an on-site 18 holes golf course now under construction.

Jack Berkhout played an integral part in establishing Wainfleet Credit Union and was a member of the Wainfleet Lions Club for 15 years. His accomplishments and promoting sports in the community are unparalleled thanks to his outstanding efforts with the South Niagara Rowing Club the Ridley Boat Club and local area committees.

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Niagara Entrepreneur of the Year Awards. The Lifetime Achievement Award is presented to enterprising entrepreneurs in our community who have significantly impacted the development of economic ventures in Niagara. Lifetime Achievement Award Recipients are individuals who have spent several decades of their lives shaping Niagara, building a legacy, and contributing positively to our community. Save the date and join us on March 1, 2019 for NEYA’s 25th Anniversary Awards Gala.